Issa Hayatou, campaigning for world soccer's top post, warned on Monday that FIFA's reputation would suffer further damage if current president Sepp Blatter were re-elected. Hayatou was speaking at a press conference that was also attended by Dr Chung Mong-Joon, the FIFA vice president, who was present to urge the Asia football authorities to support Hayatou. If elected, Hayatou, who is from Cameroon, would become FIFA's first African president. Tame Brazil The Brazil World Cup squad, which usually heads out to World Cup finals as favourites, left home for the 2002 tournament on Monday in a relatively subdued mood. Having scraped through to this year's finals with the help of some rather undistinguished performances, the Brazilian players were seen off by a small and unusually restrained crowd. Still, they will be there and the players themselves are looking forward to the challenge. Early arrivals Costa Rica may not win the 2002 World Cup, but they were the first to arrive in Japan. The players looked relaxed and happy as they left the plane to be greeted by Japanese officials. As they made their way through the airport, the players waved at fans and the media, who were there to welcome them. Newbie for Barcelona Louis van Gaal has been confirmed as the new coach of Barcelona. He has agreed a two-year deal worth nearly Â£5 million and replaces Charly Rexach, who has presided over a disappointing season at the Nou Camp. Van Gaal won two league titles in three years with the Spanish giants from 1997 to 2000, a period marked by rows with high profile players and relentless criticism from media and fans.
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